'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii

600 'Imiloa Plz, Hilo, Hawaii

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Submitted by: Rachel P.

Imiloa is a super contribution to the town of Hilo. It's shiny and new for one thing, and in sleepy Hilo town that is quite significant because the only shiny new competition around here is Target and Safeway. It's also very educational, of course, and tastefully blends and addresses issue of Astronomy and Hawaiian culture. Imiloa is also quite a bit more fun for the keiki than the Tsunami or Lyman Museums.  It's very interactive and is bound to have at least a couple of exhibitions that amaze your kids. My personal favorites are the entrance exhibit, the cosmic kitchen, and the 4D theater. Oh, just a helpful hint, there's only one set of restrooms (right by the front desk), so try to go before you get into ...

Submitted by: Denise M.

The planetarium show was good and afterward I particularly liked the description of the current night sky and how to find the planets and constellations currently viewable - this was not recorded but was given by a live presenter. Our impression of the interactive displays was mixed - some were interesting, others were more geared toward kids, and some were pretty complicated and we couldn't figure out what to do/how to operate them.  At some point a volunteer came up to us and pointed out a display we hadn't seen yet and we were able to ask him a lot of questions and he proceeded to show us several additional displays and told us more than was presented on the display panels, etc.  We really appreciated his...

Submitted by: Willis Z.

Excellent interactive place for both kids and adults. It combines the heavenly skies with the intricate culture of Hawaii. Be prepared to spend about 2 hours here if you want to see the basics. There are a lot of videos and fun things that you can interact with to experience astronomy combined with Hawaiian culture. There is a "taxi" that travels the universe, a test to see how well you know the solar system, finding life in a galaxy, and many more things. There is also a 4D video which is very cool to see and its just about 5 mins long. However, the star of this place is the Planetarium, which hosts their main show Mauna Kea. This show presents the legend of Pele and her trip to make a home in Hawaii and ho...


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